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I teach physics at Fullerton College, a community college in Southern California. I have an undergrad degree in math and physics from Berkeley and a PhD in physics from Yale. Back when I was doing research, my field was experimental low-energy nuclear physics.


Dec
7
comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
[...] test theory, which is provided by the SME of Colladay and Kostelecky, arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9809521 . A vast amount of data has tightly constrained the Lorentz-violating parameters of the SME: arxiv.org/abs/0801.0287
Dec
7
comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
[...] simultaneity becomes absolute in that sense. That doesn't mean that the many tests of the relativity of simultaneity become invalidated. We've experimentally verified that different observers get different results when they carry out synchronization. A preferred frame would just tell us that one privileged observer's result was preferred. Furthermore, RMS is purely a kinematic theory, and therefore its parameters would be specific to a certain measuring device, such as a specific kind of clock. Null results from clock-comparison experiments tell us that we really need a dynamical [...]
Dec
7
comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
This is a misinterpretation both of the RMS test theory and of this type of test theory in general. In the current fundamental theories of physics, Lorentz invariance is taken to be exact, and that means that regardless of the precision with which we can verify LI, it is still vulnerable to falsification by a later, more precise experiment. Any such hypothetical future falsification of LI would presumably lead to the existence of a preferred frame, since LI is mainly a statement of the nonexistence of preferred frames. Given a preferred frame, we have a preferred time coordinate, and [...]
Nov
22
comment Would a wormhole in space look like anything at all?
@GreenAsJade: Intense radiation inside the wormhole is a standard prediction. I don't know enough about QFT on a curved background to be able to give you a clear explanation.
Nov
21
comment Would a wormhole in space look like anything at all?
What you're saying makes sense to me. I would also probably expect a wormhole to emit a lot of nasty ionizing radiation, since that's what's normally expected to destroy objects passing through.
Nov
21
comment Definition of the quality $(Q)$ factor?
Why the downvote?
Nov
21
comment How far has a 13.7 billion year old photon travelled
@PetTaxi: The proper length is zero, because the photon's path is lightlike. If you want to define the photon's "odometer," you can't do it in the photon's frame, because a photon doesn't have a rest frame. The 13.7 byr is measured on a clock that's at rest relative to the Hubble flow. The 13.7 blyr is measured on a chain of rulers, each at rest relative to the Hubble flow.
Nov
21
comment Do consciousnesses get “scattered” across the many worlds of the MWI?
MWI doesn't really have branching. physics.stackexchange.com/questions/32501/… . MWI just says there's a wavefunction, and it evolves unitarily. Branching may be an appropriate, approximate description in some cases.
Nov
21
comment What is wrong with the Bohr model?
It predicts that the hydrogen atom is flat rather than spherical. It predicts the wrong angular momenta, e.g., $L=1\hbar$ for the ground state rather than the correct $L=0$.
Nov
21
comment How to theoretically define a concrete operation to perform in order to measure the length of an object?
@bobie: does your post answer the OP question? Yes, it does. See the paragraph beginning with "Einstein synchronization..."
Nov
21
comment How to theoretically define a concrete operation to perform in order to measure the length of an object?
@user12262 and bobie: You might benefit from reading the linked article on operationalism.
Nov
21
comment Why is the energy of particles in accelerators much higher than the energy of the particles they are trying to find?
The multiplicity of charged hadrons produced in pp collisions at the LHC seems to be $\sim100$: dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/68876 . If you're producing on the order of a hundred particles, maybe it makes sense that you have to put in on the order of a hundred times the energy of the particle you're hoping to create.
Nov
20
comment Center of mass of two $\gamma$ rays moving in opposite directions
Nice. Another way of looking at this is that the energy-momentum vector of the system as a whole is $(E,p)=(\omega_1+\omega_2,\omega_1-\omega_2)$, in units where $\hbar=1$. The boost needed in order to make this vector purely timelike is $v=p/E$.
Nov
20
comment Light emitted from galaxies receding faster than $c$
Thus, there truly is a limit to the volume of the universe that we will ever observe. The observable volume will keep growing. However, objects will keep passing out of the observable volume.
Nov
20
comment Expansion rate in matter dominated era
When you ask for the expansion rate, are you asking for the Hubble constant?
Nov
20
comment Was the Big Bang actually cold?
With traditional Big Bang model (which doesn't contain Inflation), the universe started out with zero energy No, see physics.stackexchange.com/questions/2838/…
Nov
20
comment Was the Big Bang actually cold?
In the standard homogeneous cosmological models the total energy in an expanding volume is zero. No, there is nothing "standard" about this claim. The standard interpretation of GR is that we can't measure the total energy-momentum in a region of space in a cosmological spacetime, if the region is cosmological in size. See physics.stackexchange.com/questions/2838/…
Nov
20
comment What is the identity of Dark Matter?
Isn't supersymmetry looking dead at this point?
Nov
20
comment Did spacetime start with the Big bang?
This answer is nonsense, starting with the second sentence.
Nov
19
comment What does it mean to say that “6 tons of dark energy would be found within the radius of Pluto's orbit”?
What do you mean by "system of inertia?"